A national-level forum, purposed to bring focus on mis-disinformation and sensitize the general public on their dangerous implication for democracy, will be held on March 22, 2023.
The forum which will be under the theme: Misinformation, Peace and Democratic Consolidation in Ghana, will be hosted at the Alisa Hotel in Accra with keynote speaker as the Executive Secretary of the National Media Commission, George Sarpong.
It will be chaired by Prof. S.K.B Asante, Omanhene of Asante Asokore and Board Member of the National Peace Council.
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is holding the forum in partnership with the National Peace Council and Ghana’s media regulator, the National Media Commission.
It forms part of a larger project being funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom, under which 130 journalists from across Ghana are being trained in fact-checking in order to enable them counter mis-disinformation.
The public forum is expected to bring together stakeholders from government, civil society, the diplomatic community and the media to reflect on the threat mis-disinformation poses Ghana’s democracy and how they can be countered.
As part of its sessions, there will be a panel discussion that will help to throw into focus, the underlying issues, that drive the phenomena of mis-disinformation so they can be discussed and explored.
Through this, it is expected that more sensitization about mis-disinformation and its import for democratic consolidation in Ghana will be created.
The forum will be broadcast live with real-time updates on the Facebook timeline and Twitter handles of the MFWA.